Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Acoustic Zeppelin

Intermediate

The plan is to offer this class in Session 4 2019.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Elaine Moore or Louis Bardales

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Linda Smith, Dan Fulkerson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Monday or Wednesday with Chris Winters, Dan Fulkerson or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Guitarchaeology

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted the next time Professor Levitt makes an expedition, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Advanced

Saturday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Heroes of Flatpicking

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn to make your pick dance on the strings.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

West Side Chicago Blues Style

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Lead Guitar Basics

Intermediate

Tuesday or Saturday with Steve Levitt or Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson or Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let your fingers become the Fab Four

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Beginner

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation through the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

Monday with Alvin McGovern

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Arranging Pop Music for Guitar

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Hard Rock Acoustic

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $210 ($190 members)

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take your time to absorb the fundamentals of jazz guitar.

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 2 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let's get melodic

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

Saturday with Paul Kaye

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue working on the music of great traditional blues artists.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 2. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis with level 1.
If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop a catalog of strums and styles necessary to play flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Intermediate

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

B.B. King Guitar Styles

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

T-Bone Blues

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn the licks that influenced every electric guitarist in history.

Electric Slide Guitar

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

We'll cover old school and new school.

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Monday or Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Acoustic Pete Townshend

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Crushing Chord Transitions

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Fingerpicking Basics

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Freddie Green Swing Guitar Masterclass

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Michael Pettersen

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Going Electric: Part 1 Turn It Up

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Going Electric: Part 2 Pedals and The Electronic Guitarist

Intermediate

Saturday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn to create sounds and apply them to songs and jams.

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!

Guitar Study Hall

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

How to Play Soul Guitar

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Intro to Desert Blues: Guitar Music of Mali

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Discover the deep roots of blues guitar

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jim McVeigh

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

The Ed Holstein Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Ed Holstein

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Truly a legendary Chicago experience.

Understanding the Major Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Five notes with endless possibilities

Understanding the Minor Pentatonic Scale

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

like it's older younger brother only five notes with endless expression

Lead Guitar for Ladies

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Laura Doherty

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $$25 ($24 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 01/06/2020 – 03/01/2020

Monday 11/18/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/02/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/04/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 03/02/2020 – 04/26/2020

Monday 01/27/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 02/10/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 02/12/20: Open registration


Teachers

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